Crisis conference

12th February 1999 at 00:00
The crisis in teacher recruitment will be examined at a conference next month which will seek to find ways to head off an escalating staff shortage in schools The conference on March 12 will "examine the situation in detail and explore what can be done to assuage a major future crisis in the education system".

Professor Alan Smithers, of Liverpool University, will set the context with research on trends in teacher supply.

Clive Booth, chair of the Teacher Training Agency, will outline its response to the crisis, and Katherine Quigley, of the Department for Education and Employment, will address the future of teacher training. The DFEE has just launched a major review of the TTA's future - and March 12 is by coincidence the deadline for submissions.

The conference is hosted by the Society for Research into Higher Education and the Standing Conference of Principals and supported by The TES.

Responding to the Crisis, at One Great George Street Conference Centre, London. Fee pound;110 (pound;90 to current SCOP or SRHE members) including lunch. Details: 0171 637 2766.

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